Metropolitan has been awarded the contract to adopt and operate the district heat network serving three phases of the Hallsville Quarter development in Canning Town, London for 25 years.
Hallsville Quarter is part of the £3.7bn Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration Programme being undertaken by the London Borough of Newham. When complete, the new town centre will consist of more than 1,100 new homes and 23,330m2 of hotel and commercial space.
As a first step, Metropolitan has ‘adopted’ the existing heat network and energy centre, which serves the first two phases of the development. The company is now working with developer Linkcity on the designs for future phases, including the replacement of the small CHP engine now in service, with a much larger and more carbon-efficient 1.2MW CHP engine. Specifying the optimum pipe sizes for the network and reducing costs with leading-edge design, will result in lower carbon emissions, operational efficiencies and ultimately reduce customers’ tariffs.
In addition, the upgraded energy centre will help Hallsville Quarter meet the zero-carbon development requirements in the London Plan, which promotes Lean, Clean and Green development. Greater London Authority (GLA) building regulations stipulate that the target for both domestic and non-domestic developments in London is for a 35% carbon-emission reduction beyond standard building regulations. At Hallsville Quarter, Metropolitan’s redesigned network aims to exceed that ambitious target and deliver a greater reduction in carbon emissions.
Metropolitan has extensive experience in designing and operating such networks, for example, at the prestigious King’s Cross development, St. Andrews Park, Uxbridge and the Greenwich Millennium Village.
Andrew White of Metropolitan commented: “This project demonstrates the flexibility of district energy as a heat solution: networks can be adopted, extended, and reconfigured, and heat sources changed, as and when required. Our work at Hallsville Quarter shows how expert engineering and creative design can achieve significantly enhanced performance for existing heat networks.”
Axel Boutrolle of Linkcity added: “Reaching contract signature within a few months of selecting the preferred bidder, following a comprehensive procurement process, demonstrates the strength of the working relationships on both sides and bodes well for the collaboration required for the design, delivery and operation of current and future phases at Hallsville Quarter, to the satisfaction of all its stakeholders.”
Pictured above is The Hallsville Quarter development, photo credit Simon Kennedy.